What is the relation between nature and culture? How does the political grammar of these terms inform the concerns of feminist theory – namely sexual difference, gender oppression and its connections with racism, heteronormativity, coloniality and other marginalizations? And how might the nature/ culture relation be relevant for feminist knowledge projects? Sherry Ortner's essay ‘Is Female to Male as Nature is to Culture?’ (1972) benchmarks a lively and ongoing debate within anthropological scholarship about the limits of an affirmative answer to her question (for example, MacCormack and Strathern, 1980; Moore, 1994; Franklin, 2003). Beyond serving as a touchstone for feminist anthropology, the nature/culture debate has also proliferated throughout many strands and schools ...
Natural Others? On Nature, Culture and Knowledge
Natural others? On nature, culture and knowledge